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Come visit Winterfaire 2013, where you can find all kinds of creative goodies for the holidays!  Do you make or do things that would make a nice gift?  Post a booth describing your wares.  Are you looking for something specific?  Post about what you're shopping for, and maybe someone will know where you can find it.  Have you created a holiday bazaar of your own?  Post a link and share traffic.
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The 2012 Holiday Poetry Sale is now active. Come rummage through the bargain bin for poems!
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Do you create goods or services that would make great gifts? Are you shopping indie this holiday season? Come to the Winterfaire! Comment with a booth if you are a creator, or tell people what you're shopping for if you can't find it. Various types of participation reveal verses of the poem "With Its Head Cut Off" in the series Path of the Paladins.
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November is National Novel Writing Month.  Do you plan to participate?  Do you know someone else who is?  If so, will the project(s) be crowdfunded?  Share your plans and goals for crowdfunding NaNoWriMo here.
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October is National Arts & Humanities Month. Now is a good time to start planning crowdfunded art projects for October. You can post here about your plans to attract extra attention.
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June is National Audiobook Month. Do you make podcasts? Consider doing a crowdfunded podcast project in June. That will also be a good time to recommend your favorite podzines or other projects.
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May is National Short Story Month. If you have been considering a crowdfunded fiction project, that's a good time for it. Start planning ahead now. Feel free to share your thoughts, plans, and projects here.
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April is National Poetry Month. Some folks are planning to participate in Poem A Day all month or Poem in Your Pocket Day on April 26. I'd love to see some crowdfunded poetry projects too. It's a great time to experiment with crowdfunding if you haven't tried it for poetry yet. Post here and let us know what you're planning!
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Last year some weblit folks did an April Fool swap where everyone wrote an installment for someone else's setting.  I think that would be a fun activity for this community, only more open, so that everyone can play.  If you're interested, please chime in!

Both congruent (fiction to fiction, etc.) and divergent (fiction to poetry, art to music, etc.) swaps are acceptable here.  This post is for projects running Dreamwidth or personal sites.  Projects on LiveJournal should use the April Fool Swap post over on LJ-Crowdfunding instead.  If you post your project on both sites, or have different projects on each, you may play in both rounds.

To participate, please leave a comment with the name of your project(s) and a link to its landing page or equivalent, and a list of some projects you know well enough to write for.  I will match up the people and projects, and send notes accordingly.  I recommend finishing the swap posts by March 26 so that they can be sent to the project creators with plenty of time to post on April 1.  For those of you whose project has a "fan content" or "menu" page, I recommend linking to the April Fool Swap material so that folks can enjoy it later.
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March is National Music in Our Schools Month. This is a good opportunity for crowdfunding projects that involve music, whether or not they are also involved with education. If you've been thinking about launching a music project, go for it! Do you know of someone else who crowdfunds music? Promote musical activities in comments to this post.
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March will be "National Music in Our Schools Month," which is the closest I could find to a general music-related month. This is a good opportunity to plan ahead if you are thinking about launching a musical crowdfunding project. You can also recommend musical projects that you support as a fan or patron. Feel free to comment here with your ideas or questions.
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The Poetry Fishbowl project began in November 2007 and opened for donations in January 2008. It has built up a lot of steam since then. Here are some statistics from 2011:

Total Prompters: 59
Total Donors: 36
Number of K-fans: 9 *
Number of Fishbowl Poems Written: 270
Number of Fishbowl Poems Sold Outside: 3
....."Othertongues" to Linger Fiction (November 3, 2009, Languages & Ways
of Writing)
....."The Forest of Infinity" to Star*Line (April 6, 2010, High Fantasy) ?
....."Astronauts and Angels" to Star*Line (March 1, 2011, Things With Wings)
Highest Number of Prompters: 29 (10/4/11 Ghosts)
Highest Number of Comments: 131 (8/2/11 Corruption & Redemption)
Total Poems Posted: 168 + 15 (sale) = 183

* K-fans are people who spend 100+ in a year, inspired by the article "1000 True Fans." Some of mine are now superfans who would qualify for k-fan multiple times. (I totally did not expect that.) Hence the enriched perk structure for 2012.

Between 2010 and 2011, the number of prompters went up and so did the number of poems posted. There was a modest increase in the number of sponsors per month.

The number of comments went WAY up, and so did the amount of donations. Interestingly, those two correlate more often than not, although not perfectly. I think that when people start riffing off each other, that shows they're excited about the topic, which pulls in more people, which generates more excitement. And sometimes it generates more poetry, because I've pulled comments for use as prompts too. This is crowdfunding at its finest, a positive feedback look. I find that very encouraging.

I look forward to seeing where 2012 takes us. Keep an eye out for tomorrow's fishbowl on "heras and villainesses!"
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I've made an extensive post about my crowdfunding activity in 2011 over on my LiveJournal.  It lists my overall activities, events, projects I've supported as a patron and a fan, then my own projects.  I encourage other folks to post a list of your activities in 2011 also!
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The advent story by [personal profile] kajones_writing is now complete. It's a pretty cool setup in which several focal characters consider the situation in Thear, a world where three different races are squabbling over their differences in heritage and religion. (Despite human claims, the deities are not amused by this.) Each installment is approximately 1000 words. Here are links to the first installment by each character, in order of their appearance:
Trey
Aisling
Genevieve
Orla
Conall

I think Conall's first installment is my favorite, due to the interaction between him and a blind girl named Sophia. To see all the installments, just go to [personal profile] kajones_writing and scroll through. Put together, they add up to about 25,000 words and give a comprehensive look at the major conflicts in this setting. I find this an effective way to tell a story that is very complex and spread over a wide area with a lot of people involved. You can follow what's happening to each character yet also see how their experiences intersect. So far, Thear hasn't been one of my top favorite series, but this story did pull me into it a little more and it introduced Sophia, whom I really like. I'll probably keep an eye out for more about her. This story is worth reading for its interesting structure.
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I'm working on notes for my year-end reports as well as for my 2012 plans and goals. I'd like to invite other folks to share theirs too.

Creators: Did you host a crowdfunding project during 2011? If so, please consider posting a year-end report about what you did and how well it worked for you, along with any major news in project development.

Do you have plans for a new project in 2012, or expansions and refinements in a current project? Share your creative goals here too.

Patrons and fans: What crowdfunding project(s) did you support during 2011? Are you looking for anything new in 2012? Maybe someone else is thinking along similar lines.

Everyone: What do you think about this community? How well is it meeting your needs? Are there things you'd like to see more or less of here? Let us know what the [community profile] crowdfunding  community does for you.
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 The 2011 Holiday Poetry Sale is now open!  Get poems at half-price.  Many topics are available.
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I'm hosting a holiday market in my LiveJournal.  Come to the Winterfaire and join the fun!  If you are a creative person, you can post a booth describing your goods or services.  If you're a shopper, you can find holiday gifts made by independent writers, artists, crafters, musicians, and more.  There is also perk poetry for participation -- promote yourself, shop, link, it all unlocks verses starting with the Monster House poem "All in the Family."
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 Ellen Million has posted a summary of Torn World accomplishments during 2010.

If you want to see what I've done with this shared-world crowdfunding project, visit my contributor page.  Some of the items are for supporters only, but many are visible to the public.

We are aware that Torn World is huge and complex, which can make it seem daunting to newcomers.  We are hoping to find ways to make it more inviting and easy to start exploring.  If anyone has ideas on that topic, please discuss them with me.
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 Recently I held my 2010 Holiday Poetry Sale.  You can read the followup report on my LJ.  I have also posted a poll asking about people's opinions of the Poetry Fishbowl Project.  You're encouraged to respond to those posts.


I've also been working on the year-end perks.  All my donors get a special Donor Bookmark with a poem, the year, and an autograph (stuck inside a holiday card for safekeeping).  This time I also included a flyer with information about my various projects and resources that people might enjoy.  (Thanks to [personal profile] haikujaguar  for that idea.)  My k-fans get a handmade volume of all the sponsored poems published in the fishbowls this year.


What holiday specials or year-end activities do you do as part of  your crowdfunding projects?

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